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IllaZilla last won the day on April 21

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  1. Great minds think alike. I too would have exposed Brodin. He reminds me of Nick Schultz. A decent defenseman but that's about it. I don't think losing him would have hurt the Wild that much. And for the Wild always whining they are short of centers, why let a young guy like Haula go? He was an RFA, and so what if he had arbitration rights? You sign him for a one year deal and solidify yourself down the middle. Now you managed to keep Dumba, Haula, and Tuch. and only gave up Brodin. And for a team that has historically had trouble scoring, you potentially added to your fire power...
  2. Here is the protected list Fletcher submitted: Forwards: Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund, Mikko Koivu, Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise, Jason Pominville, Jason Zucker Defensemen: Jonas Brodin, Jared Spurgeon, Ryan Suter Goaltenders: Devan Dubnyk AVAILABLE PLAYERS Forwards: Brady Brassart, Patrick Cannone, Ryan Carter, Kurtis Gabriel, Martin Hanzal, Erik Haula, Zack Mitchell, Jordan Schroeder, Eric Staal, Chris Stewart, Ryan White. Defensemen: Victor Bartley, Matt Dumba, Christian Folin, Guillaume Gelinas, Alexander Gudbranson, Gustav Olofsson, Nate Prosser, Marco Scandella, Mike Weber. Goaltenders: Johan Gustafsson, Darcy Kuemper, Alex Stalock. He could have protected Dumba instead of Brodin and NOT given up Tuch. Tuch was not eligible for selection since he was only a first year professional. He was traded to Vegas so Vegas would not select Dumba. I would have protected Dumba, exposed Brodin, and not traded Tuch. Without any 20/20 hindsight.
  3. That's what I would have done, but that's why I'm typing on a keyboard and Fletcher is an NHL GM...oh, sorry...
  4. I don’t know if Haula would have wanted to sign with the Wild. He was never going to get past Staal or Koivu on the depth charts.
  5. Holy Crap the Baby Wild just annihilated the Admirals 7-0...
  6. No, it was Haula and Tuch to not take Dumba. Fletcher could only protect one of Brodin or Dumba. He chose to protect Brodin.
  7. Well, who should they have protected? If they protected Tuch (0 pts in 6 gms for the Wild, 37 points in 57 games in the AHL) they would have had to leave one of Zucker, Coyle, or Niederreiter unprotected. Zucker was coming off a 47 point season where he scored 22 goals. Coyle was coming off a 57 point season as was Niederreiter. No one knew both Coyle and Niederreiter would get injured the way they did and then regress...
  8. Well, I certainly hope you are correct. The Wild certainly could use a break after getting hosed in that Vegas expansion draft...
  9. The Wild signed him in 2018 to a two year deal. 2018-2019 was his first professional year. 2019-2020 will be his second professional year. He will be an RFA for the 2020-2021 season, but that will be his third professional year. I could be wrong though. I'm not sure how the NHL counts years of service, if it's from the date the contract was signed, July 1 (start of free agency) or the start of the NHL season...
  10. Supposedly Seattle is getting the same rules as Vegas (except Vegas doesn't have to expose anyone. But they aren't getting a cut of the $650M expansion fees either). Vegas Expansion Draft Rules Just sub 2020-2021 for the 2017-2018 in the article. First or second year pros are exempt. So anyone the Wild signs in 2019 I'm guessing will be exempt. Anyone signed before 2019 will unfortunately be fair game unless Fenton gives everyone a NTC. I'm guessing that's why Fenton extended Stalock the way he did. Stalock hasn't shown he's a reliable backup deserving of a three year extension. But Stalock will now be under contract for that draft, so they can expose him and protect someone like, say, Kahkonen. Dubnyk is signed through the 2020-21 season, so I'm guessing they either don't extend him (he'll be 34), or they buy him out in 2020-2021.
  11. I'm speaking (typing?) tongue in cheek. I'm guessing a sizeable monetary contribution to CSKA Moscow's "Youth Development Academy" or a large monetary donation to "upgrade the scoreboard at CSKA Arena" would be what it takes to pry Kaprisov out of the final year of his contract. Vegas just signed Nikita Gusev, but he had to give back signing bonuses and contract incentives that he already earned in order to leave his contract early. Plus he's 26 and his SKA St. Petersburg contract expired the end of April 2019. Kaprisov is only 21 and has a full year left on his deal. Gonna take a bigger crowbar to get him out of his contract than the one used to get Gusev out of his...
  12. To me that's an indictment of the whole scouting department. If they can't draft guys that provide talent for the big club, then they should be fired. The whole purpose of the farm club is to provide talent for the big club, so you don't have to continually comb the waiver wire or trade current roster talent or draft picks away for some other teams younger talent...
  13. Like I said, if Leipold made a congratulatory "gift" to CSKA Moscow, they may be persuaded to release him from his deal. But yeah, I think the earliest we see Kaprisov is the 2020-2021 season...
  14. They may be able to sign him if Leipold makes a "congratulatory" gift to CSKA Moscow for winning the Gagarin Cup...otherwise the Wild may have to wait until 2020... And even though his season is over, he was not listed on the Iowa Wild reserve roster, so even if the Wild sign him tomorrow, he would be ineligible for the AHL Playoffs...
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